Although it had already been commented that it was close, Google launched yesterday without prior notice the first Android 7.1 Nougat Developer Preview, which of course, brings some interesting news.
For this reason, below we will detail all the Android 7.1 Nougat news introduced in this Developer Preview initial, so you know everything that has changed compared to Android 7.0 Nougat. Let's go there!
What's new in Android 7.1 Nougat Developer Preview
The new shortcuts
At the user level, probably the most important change at the user level of Android 7.1 Nougat are the new application shortcuts, of which we have already spoken to you at the time. Some accesses that make the icons more useful than ever, since they allow us to access different functions or sections of the application without having to open it first.
For example, with the direct access to Google Maps we can activate our route to go to work, or our route to go home, just with a couple of keystrokes. On YouTube, we can directly access the trends, our subscriptions, or the search engine. In Gmail we can go directly to compose a new email, and in the Calendar, we can go to create a new event or a new reminder.
Without a doubt, a very useful novelty that provides comfort, speed and intuitiveness to Android system.
Another of the best news of Android 7.1 Developer Preview is the smart storage, which we have already detailed in an article. An addition that users who have a with little internal storage.
Basically it is a new option within the storage section, which allows us free up space when starting the phone, automatically deleting old photos and videos. Thus, if we activate it, the system will be in charge of deleting files older than 30 days each time we start the device. Logically, we must be careful when activating this option, because if we activate it, we can lose photos or videos that we really want to keep.
Within the storage section, we also have access to the files in the download folder, and also to the applications. The system will detect what have not been used in the last 90 days, and it will give us the option to delete them.
In this way, we can free up terminal space in seconds, without having to do it manually. Although there will be users who still prefer to do it on their own, of course.
What's new in quick settings
Google continues to adjust the quick settings, forgive the redundancy, and in this previous version of Android 7.1 we see changes again. To get started, the basic row of quick settings now accommodates six icons instead of five, since the arrow that displays all the quick adjustments to the date and time has been moved. Now it is also easier to access the terminal settings thanks to the icon that is right next to this arrow.
Another novelty is the pencil that appears when the quick adjustment curtain is fully deployed. By pressing it, we can modify the quick settings to our liking, adding others that we need, and eliminating those that we do not use.
The new section of “Movements”
Android 7.1 launches the section “Movements” in the terminal settings. It is something that we are more than used to seeing in different brands of , although it is usually called “gestures”. Thus, we can configure different gestures to do certain things in a very intuitive way.
At the moment, there are three options that we can activate:
- Open the camera from any screen by pressing the power button twice.
- Rotate the terminal twice in the to activate or deactivate the camera mode. .
- Pick up (pick up) the phone to check notifications.
Support for images on the keyboard
Starting with Android 7.1, keyboards will be able to add support for images, and this also includes GIFs. That is, we can share images and GIFs from the keyboard itself, something similar to what we can already do with by Telegram.
At the moment, it cannot be used yet, but we will surely see it soon. As soon as we can test it, we'll show you how it works.
More changes in Android 7.1 Developer Preview
In addition to the novelties mentioned, in our opinion the most important, there are also other small changes in this Android 7.1 Nougat Developer Preview. For example, the help section, which we will now also find in the device settings, and which simply shows us explanations for some of the Android functions. For example, how to manage display settings, or how to connect to Wi-Fi networks.
On the other hand, with this update the Google Nexus 6P and 5X, and Google Pixel C now have a reboot option from the shutdown menu.
The window in which we can check if we have an update available has also changed. Now we see more information, with the exact version of Android and the date of the last security patch installed on the device.
It should also be noted updating the camera on Nexus and Google Pixel, which now allows you to set the exposure and focus with a long press, as well as manually control the exposure, and changes in the grids. And also updating the phone, which we have already told you about, with a new interface when making or receiving calls. And of course, the support for circular icons, which, as we already advanced to you at the time, it seems that they have come to stay.
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What's new internally in Android 7.1
Finally, it is worth mentioning the main internal changes in the system. The API reaches level 25, but probably what will affect us the most as users is that manufacturers will now be able to send two system updates at the same time, A and B. This will allow them to try different things at the same time, in order to reduce errors and problems. We'll see how it works.
It is also added support for the Daydream VR platform, and now the Animated can display metadata in the preview, such as tags, description, author, etc.
Up to here they come what's new in Android 7.1 Developer Preview. Remember that you can now install the update on your Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P or Pixel C, and in November it will reach more Nexus.
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